Sunday, 28 June 2015

Writing - Missing the moment

When we produce a book we do so in the sincere hope that others will pick it up and read it. How successful a story is may well hinge on a moment of good fortune and quite often we don't recognise the moment so it passes by.

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Amorphophallus Titanum

Perhaps we should try and be a little more like Amorphophallus Titanum. This is a beast of a plant and has some extraordinary traits to draw attention to itself. It is sometimes referred to as 'the corpse flower' for reasons which will become plain.
Firstly, an example of this beast flowered in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh this weekend. Why should that be of significance? It is the first time it has flowered for 12 years. This example was given to the RBGE 12 years ago and in that time it has grown 7 leaves.
Secondly, it grows to a height of around 3 metres, so it is decidedly noticeable in the forests of Sumatra where it is native.
Finally, it is known as the corpse flower or cadaver plant because it has the smell of rotting mammalian flesh. again noticeable.

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The smell is so that it attracts carcass eating insects which then pollinate the flower. After that it may flower every couple of years or perhaps after an interval of 7 - 10 years. When an example is due to flower it hits the botanical headlines and that ensures it is noticed.

Now if we could produce something as striking as that people would take more notice of what we write. There are moments that we can make the most of such as advertising a launch, prodding past customers, and trying offers based upon sales price. Sometimes they work and at others it is rather like banging your head against a wall, but you have to try.

So here goes with a review,

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
I have traveled with Patrick Steele through a myriad of David L. Atkinson’s novels, and there are some absolutes. He is tough. He is resilient. He does not mind taking an enemy down because, believe me, his villains are the kind that need taken down.

Steele lives by and the gun and by the fist, but, yet, he is always genteel, polite, and the perfect English gentleman. He loves his food. He loves the lady at his side. And deep inside, he is conflicted about love and his fate in life. He’s good at what he does, but there is a hint of guilt after his actions. He is a man who is asked to do what others would never do, and he does it out of loyalty and the knowledge he can do it.
Grace and Favour is a continuation of the exploits of Patrick Steele. He’s British to the core, which is what I like about him, and this time his mission takes him from England to Canada, and he knows something isn’t quite right. An easy wave of paranoia sweeps over him. Back home, disaster strikes, and his judgment is clouded with doubt.

Have friends become the enemy? Can he trust his friends or the girl he loves? Has he become the target? Will this be his last job? Will it end badly? Will it end with Steele lying in a grave somewhere? Who wants him dead and why? And how can he protect himself, track down kidnappers on the loose in two continents, and still find the missing child in time? Failure is not an option. In a David L. Atkinson novel, it never is. Steele is on a wild and breath-taking ride, but no matter how tough and threatening the case may be, I’m betting on him.

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